If you’re not much of a heels person, but have had to wear heels for work or events, you’d probably know the pain of walking around on elevated shoes all day. Which is why some women have resorted to packing slippers in their bags or leaving a pair at work just so they can make the comfortable switch when the need arises.
Local start-up footwear company Gena understands this, which is why they’re launching adjustable heels to bring comfort and style to ladies in heels.
The whole concept is for women to be able to easily adjust the height of their heels anytime and anywhere in seconds.
Manufactured in China, Gena’s heels can be easily adjusted to two heights, 2cm or 9cm, with a touch of a button.
For those seeking height, just press a small button on the side of the outsole, which will release a catch to pull the heel down. Then, step on the heel to lock it in its upright position.
To go back down to 2cm, push the heel upwards and tuck it under the outsole to lower the height.
These shoes come in pumps and sandals. All of their uppers and insoles are made from nappa leather, known for its luxurious feel, softness and durability.
Gena is the brainchild of shoe-lover Cherre Hermogena Eng. The 26-year-old came up with the idea three years ago, though the inspiration hit her at age 15.
She said: “I was out with my family near Boat Quay when I saw a few girls holding their heels, walking barefooted after clubbing. I thought it wasn’t a nice sight, and I wanted to do something to change that.”
Gena will be launched internationally on Kickstarter, a global crowdfunding platform, next month, with a price tag of $160.
Getting the shoes off the ground was not easy.
From flying to China and Hong Kong to find manufacturers, to working on the design and finding quality materials, it took Cherre a long time to decide on the final piece.
She has also invested a five figure sum in the business.
Cherre is confident that Gena can make it big and will stand out from the rest in the market.
She said: “I believe every pair of Gena heels can go a long way in helping women feel sexy and confident without constantly having to worry about the pain of wearing heels.”
Images: Salwah Nadhirah / TNP Photos
Text: Charmaine Soh / The New Paper / June 2017
Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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